Media management, Hamas style

Featured image Following up on “The Tapper turgidity,” I want to bring to your attention the video below (posted here), picked up yesterday from Mayadeen TV (Lebanon) and translated by the invaluable MEMRI. The video presents an excerpt of an interview with Isra Al-Mudallal head of foreign relations with the Hamas information ministry. Mudallal is obviously an interesting person in her own right. Spiegel profiles her here. When it comes to media »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured imageAmmo Grrrll begins the first of a three-part series on her high school reunion. Here is ON THE ROAD, Part One (Eat your heart out, Jack Kerouac): I recently returned to Arizona from a 5,000 mile, 17-day road trip back to Alexandria, Minnesota, for my – Krikey! – 50th high school reunion. My two best friends from high school joined me – Bonnie flying in from Minneapolis to Phoenix (after »

Wind Power Requires 700 Times as Much Land as Fracking

Featured imageOne of the weirder facts of contemporary life is that “environmentalists” generally prefer wind power to fracking. Unless you suffer from an anti-carbon fetish, there is no comparison, as the Telegraph reports: A wind farm requires 700 times more land to produce the same amount of energy as a fracking site, according to analysis by the energy department’s recently-departed chief scientific advisor. … Prof MacKay said that a shale gas »

Opportunism knocks in Missouri

Featured imageAdd Rand Paul’s name to the list of opportunists seeking to exploit for political purposes the tragic shooting of young Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. The race-hustlers populate the list, of course. So does President Obama, who sees a topic in his supposed wheelhouse (but in reality a local matter) through which he can distract attention from his disastrous foreign policy. Writing in Time Magazine, Paul sees the opportunity to »

New Jersey’s Insane Gun Laws Destroy Constitutional Rights

Featured imageOn behalf of the NRA, Ginny Simone reports on the outrageous case of Shaneen Allen, a young woman who is a Pennsylvania resident and has a Pennsylvania permit to carry a firearm. She inadvertently strayed into New Jersey, en route to a birthday party for one of her children, with her gun in her purse, and was arrested because she didn’t have a New Jersey carry permit. She is now »

Obama’s Brutal Vacation

Featured imageDidn’t you find the news stories about the Obamas dancing through the night on Martha’s Vineyard heartwarming? I know I did. Actually, I am starting to feel sorry for Obama. Everything is unraveling on him, and there is nothing he can–given his abilities, his work ethic and his ideology–do about it. Liberal commentators are writhing with discomfort as Obama vacations while the world burns. His latest impromptu press conference had »

The luck of Hamas

Featured imageDavid Horovitz is a middle-of-the-road editor running a middle-of-the-road Israeli news site, so I am not only struck by the despairing tone of his latest column, I am completely in sympathy with it. “After the abandonment of Israel by the UK, with its promise to limit arms sales to Israel if Hamas restarts its attacks on our civilians,” Horovitz writes, “we now learn that the US is already restricting arms »

The Tapper turgidity

Featured imageThis week the Foreign Press Association issued a statement condemning “the blatant, incessant, forceful and unorthodox methods employed by the Hamas authorities and their representatives against visiting international journalists in Gaza over the past month.” We haven’t heard much about these methods. Alan Johnson asks a reasonable question in the Telegraph: “Hamas manipulated and intimidated the media in Gaza. Why was that kept from us?” Johnson usefully collects the examples »

With Maliki out, what changes?

Featured imageNouri al-Maliki seems to be out as prime minister of Iraq, though he’s not going quietly. Haider al-Abadi’s has been asked to form a new Iraqi government. Maliki’s downfall became inevitable, says the Washington Post, when the massively influential Ayatollah Sistani wrote a letter to Dawa leaders saying that, due to the “critical circumstances” Iraq faces, a “new vision” is necessary. Dawa is the powerful Shiite political party which Maliki »

A baseball star is born, I hope

Featured imageMichael Taylor had a major league debut to remember for the Washington Nationals last night. In his first major league at-bat, he singled. Later on, he belted a two-run homer, as the Nats routed the New York Mets, 7-1. My interest in Taylor stems from a visit earlier this year to Pfitzner Stadium in Woodbridge, Virginia. That’s the home of the Potomac Nationals, the Nats “High A” farm club. Taylor »

Is Minnesota’s Senate Seat In Play?

Featured imageOn paper, Al Franken is a vulnerable incumbent: he has served one undistinguished term in the Senate, trying mostly to stay out of trouble; his re-elect percentage is under 50; and President Obama is unpopular in Minnesota. So some observers are optimistic that Minnesota can be added to the list of potential GOP takeaways. Earlier today, I discussed the Minnesota Senate race on Wall Street Journal Live with host Mary »

Even In Blue Minnesota, the Left Fizzles

Featured imageFor liberals, it has been a tough 5 1/2 years. The most “progressive” administration of our lifetimes has turned into a comprehensive disaster, especially if you aren’t a liberal hedge fund manager or a liberal “green” energy scammer. So enthusiasm on the Left has flagged, to say the least. Yesterday I got this email from MoveOn.org; click to enlarge: I was curious to see how substantial a demonstration MoveOn could »

The limits of air strikes in Iraq

Featured imageRobert Scales, a retired Army major general and former commandant of the U.S. Army War College, argues that an air campaign against ISIS is destined to fail. At first, it will probably set ISIS back, but before long the fighters will adapt. They will make targets more difficult to locate from the air and hide them (and themselves) in populated areas. Scales concludes: As the enemy grows more skilled, we »

Glad tidings to you; come join the CALIPHATE

Featured imageISIS supporters brought “glad tidings” (as they put it) to shoppers on Oxford Street in London today. The “Khilafah [sic] has been re-established” and “the dawn of a new era has begun,” read their posters. The bearers of glad tidings encouraged shoppers to “resettle” in the newly proclaimed Islamic State in Syria and Iraq. It could be a tough sell. The shopping is much better in London. On the other »

Add some music to your day

Featured imageI’ve been thinking about starting an occasional series of posts to feature artists or songs or cover versions of songs you are unlikely to have heard before but likely to enjoy if you give them a listen. Musical themes have been running through my mind all day via Power Line posts. Paul Mirengoff gives us Chuck Hagel, who is channeling songwriter P.F. Sloane’s “Eve of Destruction” (“The Eastern world,” you »

It’s Not Easy Being White!

Featured imageAmericans of Middle Eastern and North African descent, sometimes abbreviated as “MENA,” have a problem: they are white. In today’s world, that is a bad thing, as Pew explains: [F]or the census, since the beginning of the last century, the MENA community has been lumped into the “white” category. Back in 1909, such a designation made a lot of sense, but today, members of the MENA community are lobbying the »

How Democrats Sound When They Are Losing Badly

Featured image“Losing badly” was the subject line on yesterday’s email from MoveOn.org. It’s a real day-brightener, if you’re a Republican: Subject: Losing badly Dear MoveOn member, If you haven’t been paying attention to the midterm elections yet, here’s a quick update: Democrats are losing. Badly. Nate Silver, who picked every single state right in 2012, says the Republicans have a 60% chance of winning the Senate. The Washington Post’s polling experts »